What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is the inflammation or tenderness of your joints, which results in point pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. Arthritis tends to get worse with age. The two most prevalent forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis results when the cartilage wears off and the bones rub together. This causes friction between the bones resulting in damage and inflammation.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition and occurs when the body starts attacking healthy joint tissues throughout the body.
Arthritis has a severe impact on an individual’s life. It severely limits usual activities making everyday chores hard. As per the CDC, currently, approximately 22.7% (54.4 million) of the adult U.S population suffers from arthritis.
Arthritis does not have a cure perse, but the pain and discomfort caused by arthritis can be managed. Doctors prescribe pain relievers for arthritis in general. Many doctors recommend adopting natural methods to complement conventional methods to see even better results.
Warning: Always talk to your doctor before trying out a remedy - regardless of it being medicinal or not. Each case and every patient is different; what worked for others might not work for you.
Natural Herbs To Relieve Symptoms
So what are all these natural remedies for arthritis that everyone keeps on talking about.
1. Manage Your Weight
As you gain weight, you put pressure on your bones and joints to carry the extra body mass.
If you have healthy body weight, you do not need to lose weight - this could be detrimental to your condition. However, if you are overweight or obese, you need significant lifestyle changes to get back to your ideal weight goal.
You could use a BMI calculator to determine whether you have a healthy weight or are required to lose weight. Remember, though; a BMI calculator cannot count the fat content of your body due to which, at times, it gave out false results. To be sure about your requirements, consult your doctor, come up with a healthy weight goal and a plan to achieve it.
One way of doing so is through the keto diet. The keto diet focuses on eliminating carbs and increasing fat content. Limiting your carb intake can further reduce inflammation - keeping joint pain at bay.
Losing weight will not only relieve pressure from your knees, hips, and feet but also improve your mobility and keep you safe from chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
2. Exercise Regularly
We know that you have arthritis, and exercising might not be the most comfortable thing to do. But remember, exercise does not necessarily mean that you do deadlifts or run 5 km on a treadmill. Do what works for you. If you are comfortable with a walk, do that. If you like swimming, opt for that. Better yet, do water aerobics to keep pressure off your joints while getting a great work out.
Exercising will not only help you maintain or lose weight but will also keep your joints flexible. Exercise also strengthens muscles, which will then be able to support your joints better.
Get in touch with your doctor to find out what exercise mode is best for you and what safety precautions you must take to ensure a safe and healthy workout routine.
3. Eat Healthily
Eating a healthy email is probably the oldest trick to manage any disease.
How you treat your body really impacts how it turns out to be. It’s no secret that eating fresh and organic foods, and less processed foods can positively impact your well-being. Other than improving arthritis symptoms, it can boost your immunity, control cholesterol levels, improve overall health and keep chronic diseases at bay.
A plant-based fresh diet is strongly advised for arthritis patients. This is because such a diet contains loads of antioxidants that can eliminate free radicals in the body. On the other hand, a diet rich in meat, processed foods, and high carb can aggravate inflammation, which may cause severe symptoms.
Its recommended to up your Vitamin D intake along with fish oil supplements, turmeric, and magnesium.
4. Massage Regularly
A massage after a long and tiring day can have a tremendous effect on our mood and fatigue faced throughout the day. Massage eases muscle tension, improves blood circulation and reduces swelling. Massage can also enhance immune function and sleep, and to top it all, massage induces the body to produce endorphins (natural painkillers).
While massage may not have long-term benefits for a patient with arthritis, it can definitely provide short-term pain relief along with improved mobility/flexibility and reduced muscle tension.
Before opting for a massage or choosing a masseuse, it’s essential to book someone who is qualified as a massage therapist and has experience with arthritis patients. Arthritis patients have joint and soft tissue damage, and only a qualified therapist will be able to provide comfort to those areas.
Before booking yourself a massage therapist, discuss with your doctor and check if there are things you should avoid and whether or not massage will work for you
5 .Mediate Your Way
Meditation has been in practice for years. Only much recently, it has been accepted to hold therapeutic value too. Meditation can reduce discomfort, pain, anxiety and stress caused by arthritis.
Meditation requires a lot of practice, though. Getting the hang of it and then feeling its benefits will take time. But you truly need to stick to the routine.
Start with as little as 3 minutes a day and then slowly increase the meditation time as you find your focus.
Meditation can be done in many ways, including yoga-based meditation, deep breathing, chanting or even contemplative walking. Choose what works for you. Meditation is not a quick fix for arthritis. It will take time so only have reasonable expectations.